Pollyanna Pickering – The UK’s Most Published Artist – becomes Gallery Town’s Art Patron

Pollyanna Pickering – The UK’s Most Published Artist, has followed Howard Webb MBE the projects Patron for Culture, and agreed to become Gallery Town’s Art Patron. Pollyanna is acclaimed as one of Europe’s foremost wildlife artists and her work sells in over eighty countries world wide. Trained at Rotherham School of Arts Pollyanna states that she feels she owes” a great debt to (her) years at Rotherham Art School, where (she) began (her) art studies.” Also patron for the Wildlife Art Society International, Pollyanna had this to say when asked about her new status within Gallery Town, “I am delighted to accept the role of Project Arts Patron for Gallery Town.  I grew up on the outskirts of the town – and still feel a close affinity to Rotherham.  This is a wonderful project, and I am sure it will help to inspire a new generation of creative talent in the area.” A familiar face on TV; the most recent documentary focusing on her work, ‘Made in England’, was broadcast on BBC 1. In 2012 she was awarded the most prestigious International Award in the field of Wildlife Art – The Artists for Conservation’s Simon Combes Conservation Award. Pollyanna is passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about accurately interpreting her subjects. She is a champion of environmental conservation, both on the national and international stage, and is an indefatigable campaigner for the welfare of endangered, sick and vulnerable creatures. Her paintings will be familiar to most people from her extensive ranges of fine art prints and cards, many commissioned by charities including the WWF, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the RSPB. Pollyanna designs exclusive gift ware for Harrods, and has painted postage stamps for African Countries, and first day covers for the Royal Mail. Pollyanna’s determination to paint only animals which she has observed in their natural habitats has lead her into a remarkable and unique series of expeditions into some of the most inhospitable areas of the globe. In 2007, Pollyanna was granted a fellowship from Canada based society Artists for Conservation Foundation in support of the expedition into Bhutan. She is accompanied on her journeys by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise who also writes the text and contributes the photography to the books.

May, 25, 2015